It’s an honour just to be nominated

We have to say thank you to the people in the Lower Columbia. The Trail Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards are tomorrow night, and we were nominated in three categories: Go Green, Community Impact and Business of the Year. We made it as a finalist in the Business of the Year category. Yay! While we fully expect one of the other well-deserving nominees to win, we’re thrilled that in…

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Be a Voter this October

It's election time and the big election day is October 21! It's that time when you vote for the candidate in your riding to become your Member of Parliament. You can check out the Elections Canada website to learn all about who is running in your riding, and then explore more about what they stand for and their track record on the issues you care most about. But you'll have to Google that part…

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Climate Strike: we can change the world

On September 20th, I found myself at the front of the climate march in Nelson. Beside me stood 5 amazing youth who I had worked with for the past months to organize the climate strike. Behind me, almost 1500 people chanted “System change not climate change.” At that moment, I had no doubt that we could change the world and create a sustainable future. That was the first day of the global week of…

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Home energy efficiency session for seniors at Nelson library

If you’re a senior and a Nelson Hydro customer, this one’s for you. On Monday, October 7, from 10 am to 2 pm, come find out about the Seniors Energy Efficiency Program that provides a free installation of basic energy saving materials in your home. This free session at the library is the perfect place to drop in to ask questions, understand the process, and get signed up.  This photo shows…

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So many events this week!

Nelson, Castlegar, Trail, we’re coming to see you this week with these events you won’t want to miss: October 1 Nelson Public Library and Nelson at its Best jointly present the film The Public, Tuesday October 1, 7:00 pm at the Civic Theatre. Admission is by donation. Followed by a panel discussion on timely and relevant local issues. And the film has Emilio Estevez. When was the last time we saw…

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Experiencing an old growth forest

Living in the middle of the inland temperate rainforest, it’s easy to take giant, ancient trees for granted. We’re around them all the time. It’s easy to forget that they are unique, and for many people, offer a unique experience. A couple of summers ago at Gibson Lake in Kokanee Glacier Park, a vehicle from Saskatchewan pulled up, and we started chatting with the two couples who got out about…

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7th Annual Nelson Green Home & Energy Show

Nelson Hydro’s EcoSave Program and the West Kootenay EcoSociety are pleased to present the 7th annual trade show event that features both green and sustainable options for building, renovating, and transportation. The theme of this year’s show is zero waste, with an emphasis on saving energy on building a new home or fixing up your current one. Come join us for an amazing trade show style event…

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Oso Negro brews special September blend for EcoSociety’s 25th anniversary

This month is your opportunity to combine two wonderful things - drinking delicious coffee and supporting the EcoSociety! The lovely people at Oso Negro Coffee have made the EcoSociety a specialty blend and will be selling this coffee at their Nelson coffee house AND at The Kootenay Co-op for all of September. Look for this label on Oso Negro coffee bags! Oso Negro have created this special blend…

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Jumbo Valley one step closer to being protected

Photo: Steve Shannon The Ktunaxa Nation will receive $16.1 million in federal government support to protect the Qat’muk area, also known as the Jumbo Valley. It covers 211,045 hectares in the southeastern area of BC in the central Purcell Mountains. Developers have been trying to build the Jumbo Glacier Resort there for over 25 years. “This is an important investment in expanding protected…

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Supporting your transition to 100% renewable energy

On Wednesday night, I attended the federal NDP’s town hall meeting in Nelson on their plan for a Green New Deal. MPs Wayne Stetski and Peter Julian hosted the event, and more than 130 people attended. Their proposal includes a transition to net carbon-free electricity, delivering a national building code update to make all new buildings net-zero ready, and rapidly accelerating the transition to…

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